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Reset: A New Public Agenda for the Arts

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Reset: A New Public Agenda for the Arts

11 & 12 November, Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta

There’s no doubt that the arts and cultural sector is facing a crisis in Australia. After years of cuts, the gig economy, undermining of the public and democratic value of the arts, and the ever-widening gap between haves and have-nots, the sector has been slammed by the pandemic, with long-term consequences set to last years.

The way out of this mess cannot be incremental tinkering, but rather a transformative reset of policy and advocacy – a bold new public agenda for the arts.

How do we return arts and culture to their rightful place in public policy? What would public reconstruction of the arts look like? How could we create a fairer deal for artists and arts workers? What kind of new ‘policy imaginary’ can place arts and culture at the heart of a healthy, diverse, inclusive, and participatory democracy?

Reset: A New Public Agenda for the Arts offers two days and nights of thinking and discussion about how the arts and cultural sector could work to break out of the current impasse through a radical reorganisation of cultural practice and policy.

Conference Registration

Reset: A New Public Agenda for the Arts is now SOLD OUT, but there are tickets available to participate via the Livestream.

Salary Livestream $50 – Choose this for an online ticket if you have a regular salary and receive employee entitlement.

Precarity Livestream $20 – Choose this if you are low-income, or if you have an irregular or freelance income.

Solidarity Livestream $100 - We have kept the conference very affordable; keeping in mind this conference would usually cost far more than the tickets on offer, you can choose this option if you would like to contribute to the work of AICSA and Reset.

Solidarity Livestream $300 -  4 x Salary (Livestream Ticket). An easy way for an organisation to contribute. Includes up to four online conference registrations for your staff members.

Livestream registration is for the full conference - Thursday 11 and Friday 12 November, 10:30am – 6pm.

WAITLIST - You may still join the Waitlist for tickets to attend in person, but it is unlikely that any new tickets will be released.

Conference Program

Program, including information on all of the speakers, is available here.

Conference Venues (Updated)

Thursday 11th November 10:30am - 6pm

Allan Scott Auditorium, University of South Australia, City West Campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Friday 12 November, 10:30am - 6pm

Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William St, Adelaide

Evening Events

Thursday 11 November, 6:30 - 8pm

Treasury 1860, Courtyard, 144 King William St, Adelaide

Friday 12 November, 6:30 - 8pm

Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William St, Adelaide


Please note: Lunch will not be provided, please take advantage of the small cafes and businesses around the conference venue.


The conference will take place in Adelaide, with speakers presenting live, in person or on screen depending on their location. A COVID-19 Safe plan will be in place for the event, and we are monitoring how the event will be delivered in accordance with up-to-date restrictions at the time of the event. 

Presented by: Arts Industry Council of South Australia and Reset (Flinders University, University of Adelaide, and University of South Australia), in association with the Don Dunstan Foundation

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Refund policy

Ticket refunds available until 5pm on Monday 8 November. Late refund requests will be at the discretion of the organiser.